Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    In the end you feel like you've been taken on a pleasing, professionally run tourist trip that let you enjoy the sights without ever really inhabiting the land.
  2. If you're seeking transcendent love this season, skip the morose "End of the Affair" and go with Anna and the King.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A big, handsome throwback to star-powered historical costume movies.
  4. Foster and Yun-Fat each show about three-quarters of their characters.
  5. 50
    Foster, I believe, sees right through this material and out the other side, and doesn't believe in a bit of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This is a smart and splendidly decorated rethinking of Anna Leonowens's famous chronicle
  7. Colorful and a passable drama, one that highlights the difficulties of cross-cultural love affairs and the exoticism of the Third World.
  8. It's a painstakingly correct update of what is, let's face it, one of the least culturally correct love stories ever to be mythologized by Hollywood.
  9. Grand entertainment in the old-fashioned sense.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    It is Foster who presents the biggest single problem, delivering a monochromatic performance that finds her character not much more than flinty and strained.
  11. The problem with Anna and the King is that it's caught halfway between then and now--- the film tries to throw in notions of cultural relativism and big power imperialism, but can't do without corny shtick.
  12. Has the rambling pace of an episodic 1950s costume drama.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Hollywood rarely mounts these lavish period epics anymore. It's nice to see them try, even if the result is somewhat less than heart-stopping.
  14. 60
    Old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking at its best .
  15. 60
    A musical number or two might have balanced the overdetermined politics and spectacle in this version.
  16. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    The lack of chemistry between he (Yun-Fat) and Foster is truly striking: so much so, in fact, that the strain of trying to manufacture some keeps her looking on the verge of outright illness throughout.
  17. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Her (Foster's) performance is contained in a schmaltzy, ultra-elaborate, overly long production.
  18. Fails as the big-screen romance it wants to be. The main problem: There's only one heart between the principals, and it beats solely in Chow's chest.
  19. 59
    Despite good performances and moments of spectacle, it seems to go on longer than the Cultural Revolution.
  20. Entertaining but predictable, and too long.
  21. 75
    Will remind filmgoers that one of the chief pleasures of going to the movies is a good old-fashioned swoon
  22. 63
    The kind of unsophisticated family entertainment they supposedly don't make anymore.
  23. Yun-Fat is magnetic and majestic, and the story, no matter that it is not entirely true, continues to fascinate.
  24. Doesn't develop enough momentum to justify its too-long running time.
  25. 50
    Chow Yun-Fat is the only reason to see Anna and the King -- the only thing you'll remember from this lavish, tastefully dull movie.
  26. Before it runs off track--it does have some spectacular moments.
  27. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    The movie is something of a white elephant itself, a luxuriant, lumbering behemoth. It is pleasant, occasionally amusing - and often dull.
  28. It pales in comparison to its two classic predecessors, and also just generally feels like one too many trips to the well.
  29. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste: viewers will find that a musical can indeed help the medicine go down
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Cutting through the epic gesturings of Andy Tennant's direction, he (Yun-Fat Chow) provides reason enough to return one last time to this otherwise weary romance
  31. 50
    Dusted off for one more run-through, and for those who applauded "Titanic's" old-is-new ethos, the moth-eaten, barely breathing Anna and the King will serve as a slap in the face.
  32. Reviewed by: Daysun Chang
    Focuses on everything and nothing like a grown-up Disney phenom, making it a great family movie enjoyable for everyone.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 24, 2014
    This is a great movie. It`s a timeless great story you can always watch.Great chemistry between the characters.When watching this movie I feltThis is a great movie. It`s a timeless great story you can always watch.Great chemistry between the characters.When watching this movie I felt like Anna taking an adventure to another land.If you want to see the King and I without the singing this is it for you. Full Review »